The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Iowa cattle producers concerned about labor shortages
    Labor issues in agriculture, both on the farm and in related business, such as processing plants, has become an urgent issue, according to Iowa Cattlemen’s Association members.Labor issues in agriculture, both on the farm and in related business, such as processing plants, has become an urgent issue, according to Iowa Cattlemen’s Association members.Reports from packers in the midwest indicate that labor shortages have had a direct impact on the amount of cattle slaughtered over the past couple of years.Reports from packers in the midwest indicate that labor shortages have had a direct impact on the amount of cattle slaughtered over the past couple of years.Labor issues in agriculture, both on the farm and in related business, such as processing plants, has become an urgent issue, according to Iowa Cattlemen’s Association members.Labor issues in agriculture, both on the farm and in related business, such as processing plants, has become an urgent issue, according to Iowa Cattlemen’s Association members.Labor issues in agriculture, both on the farm and in related business, such as processing plants, has become an urgent issue, according to Iowa Cattlemen’s Association members.
    Labor issues in agriculture, both on the farm and in related business, such as processing plants, has become an urgent issue, according to Iowa Cattlemen’s Association members.
  • Finalists named for 2018 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award
    Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition are proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award®.
  •  Connealy to be honored with UNL animal science award
    The inaugural awards will recognize the outstanding accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate alumni, and the contributions individuals have made to the department through their commitment to the industry.
  • Hay exports hitting new highs
    Hay exports surpassed $1 billion in 2012 and continue to climb.  Hay export values increased 5% last year reaching $1.3 billion.  Even though most of the growth was in alfalfa hay, other hay values jumped in 2017 also.
  • Beef exports were up 9 percent on a tonnage basis and 21 percent in value year-over-year during January 2018 according to a recent report by USMEF and data from USDA.
  • As part of his proposal, Trump suggested using pre-packaged Harvest Boxes to be delivered to those in need. The food pantries in the region disagree with this approach.
  • In pleading guilty, Rabobank admitted to conspiring with several former executives to defraud the United States by unlawfully impeding the OCC’s ability to regulate the bank, and to obstruct an examination by the OCC of its operations throughout California, including its Calexico and Tecate bank branches. 
  • Changes in S.D. 4-H

    Weigh-back process eliminated for SD State Fair, YQCA requirements set for 2019
  • Vaccinations becoming key in earning more money for calves
    “It is becoming so important, it is the first question I am asked when I pick up the phone to sell cattle,” according to Brad Jones, who is the branch manager of the Producers Livestock Marketing Association in Greeley, Colo.
  • National Drought Monitor
    The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for February 13 – 17 calls for warmer- and wetter-than-normal weather across the eastern third of the nation.
  • BLAC-X Farms in Minnesota receives feedyard award
    The winner of the 2018 BQA Feedyard Award is BLAC-X Farms in Rock County, Minnesota. Between the two minds of the Bakken brothers, Jay and Peter, they share an extensive knowledge of the feedlot, cow-calf herd and crop operations. 
  • SD Highway Patrol helps navigate ELDs and CDLs
    There is much confusion about who/what needs to meet the Federal Motor Carrier requirements in regards to agriculture. Here, we help spell it all out.
  • Passing it on: Transition from one generation to the next
    “Only too often the decision is made in haste and with starry ideas of perpetuating the family business, and ‘keeping it all in the family,’” said Parsons
  • JBS USA Five Rivers Cattle Feeding to sell for $200 million
    Five Rivers Cattle Feeding is the largest cattle feeding operation in the world, with roots in the U.S. dating back to the 1920s. The transaction includes 11 feed yards across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, with feeding capacity of more than 900,000 head of cattle.
  •  Red Angus, K-State publish cow-calf veterinarians data
    The study provides valuable insight into how practices can be best applied in individual cowherds.
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